FERROUS BUSHLING #17, HAMILTON, ONTARIO, 1997
chromogenic colour print
signed, titled, dated 1998 and numbered 6/10 on artist’s label on the backing
21.25 ins x 26.75 ins; 54 cms x 67.9 cms
Edward Burtynsky was awarded the Governor General's Award in Visual and Media Arts, 2016.
Edward Burtynsky is an internationally acclaimed photographer who has been capturing the impact of “human systems imposed on the land” for more than 25 years. The artist has travelled extensively to China, India, the United States, Bangladesh, Italy and Spain to research and to photograph monumental industrial wastelands.
In Ferrous Bushling #17, Burtynsky emphases intense colours and sharp edges to create striking aesthetic harmony. By rendering an immense pile of rubbish as a stunning subject, the artist highlights the sublimity of global consumerism, where daily commodities are synonymous with major environmental impact. Burtynsky’s additional photographic series include aerial views of mines, recycling yards, shipbreakings, quarries and hydraulic installations.
Edward Burtynsky was born and raised in St. Catharines, Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photography from Ryerson University and a Graphic Art degree from Niagara College. The artist was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada and holds six honorary degrees. His artwork is collected by more than 60 major international institutions such as the MOMA in New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London and the Reina Sofia in Madrid.
CBC The National, Edward Burtynsky: On An Epic Scale (2013) http://www.edwardburtynsky.com/site_contents/About/aboutMedia.html.
Edward Burtynsky, Man Made Landscapes, A Thirst That Must Be Quenched (London: Heist Magazine, 2013) http://www.heist-online.com/edward-burtynsky.
Private Collection, Toronto
Mira Godard Gallery, Toronto